Student Health Services

Health Services at Anna Maria College supports students’ well-being and success by assisting them in maintaining good physical and emotional health. We believe in a holistic approach to health and our goal is to provide students with the tools necessary to be healthy in mind, body, and spirit. The office provides care for acute and minor illness and injuries, information on disease prevention, and programming tools for optimizing a healthy lifestyle.

Health Services is overseen by our Clinic Coordinator (Chelsea Gould, NP) and staffed with a full-time Nurse Practitioner (Jessica Hitchcock, FNP-C). Care is coordinated with a Medical Doctor (Dr. Leonard Waice) as needed. Visits are by appointment; we do not accept walk-ins but can usually accommodate same-day scheduling. Students may call our office manager, Judy Pingitore at (508) 849-3315 or email healthservices@annamaria.edu to schedule an appointment.

In the event of an emergency, please call Public Safety at (508) 494-9010 or 911.

Hours, Office & Staff

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Immunization Compliance

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Off Campus Facilities

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COVID-19 Information

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Hours, Office & Staff

Health Services is open for medical appointments M-F 8:30am-4:30pm when academic classes are in session.
Visits are by appointment; walk-ins are not accepted but we can usually accommodate same-day scheduling. Students may call our office manager, Judy Pingitore at (508) 849-3315 or email healthservices@annamaria.edu to schedule an appointment.

Health Services is overseen by our Nurse Practitioner Clinic Coordinator (Chelsea Gould, NP) and staffed with a full-time Nurse Practitioner (Jessica Hitchcock, FNP-C). When needed, care is coordinated with a Medical Doctor (Dr. Leonard Waice). The office provides care for acute and minor illness and injuries, information on disease prevention, and programming tools for optimizing a healthy lifestyle.

In the event of an emergency, please call Public Safety at (508) 494-9010 or 911.

Chelsea Gould, NP

Clinical Coordinator
Health Services
(508) 849-3316

Jessica Hitchcock FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner
Health Services

Judy Pingitore

Office Manager
Health and Counseling Services
(508) 849-3315

Anne Marie Weiler, RN

Registered Nurse
Health Services

Services Provided

Health Services providers see students for primary medical care and treatment for acute health conditions with a focus on recovery and keeping you healthy. Our Nurse Practitioners can order lab and imaging tests, and prescribe medication if needed. We can treat, but are not limited to, the following conditions:

  • colds, cough, sinus infections, flu, Covid-19
  • sore throat, fever
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • back pain, joint pain, minor sports injuries
  • headache, dizziness
  • asthma, allergies
  • minor cuts, bruises, burns
  • insect bites, rashes, skin infection, cold sores
  • minor eye conditions (pink eye, stye)
  • ear discomfort, ear wax removal
  • abdominal pain, upset stomach, heartburn
  • urinary tract infection

We also offer the following services:

  • Health Promotion
  • Smoking cessation
  • HIV testing and education
  • Concussion evaluation and management
  • Suture and staple removal
  • Gynecology services
  • Sexual health
  • STI screening
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Specialty referrals

The Health Services staff at Anna Maria College are committed to providing students with clear, up-to-date, and candid information regarding sexual health and related issues. Our providers are qualified to provide information, testing, and prescriptions for a wide variety of issues related to sexual health matters including sexually transmitted infections. Health Services staff prescribes contraceptive medication for medical needs. Our office will meet the health needs of all students either within the clinic or by an off-campus referral process. Educational opportunities are provided with consideration for confidentiality, sensitivity, and compassion. The goal of this approach is not only to provide medically accurate information, but to assist students in clarifying their values, making decisions, and assuming personal and social responsibility for their choices.

Appointments at Health Services are provided at no charge for enrolled students, including visit and point-of-care tests. Our office uses Quest Diagnostics for laboratory services not offered in clinic. Students are responsible for costs associated with off-campus lab tests, imaging, prescriptions, and referrals. All students are required to carry health insurance and are responsible for understanding their insurance plan benefits. For questions about student health insurance offered through the College, please contact Student Accounts and Billing.

Immunization Requirements

Compliance requirements are upheld by several Anna Maria College Departments. Health Services manages the Medical Immunization Compliance requirements mandated by the State of Massachusetts to protect you, your peers, and the health of the public.

A downloadable copy of required vaccinations from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health can be found here.

Any student not meeting these requirements could be prevented from registering and attending classes, and/or moving into housing until the information is provided.

Anna Maria College Health Services has partnered with Medicat to deliver higher quality care more efficiently. All Health Services registration forms and immunization records must be submitted through the Medicat Patient Portal. Health Services is no longer able to accept form submissions by email or fax. Click here to access the Medicat System*.

*If it is your first time visiting, you will need to register. Once registered, you will be able to complete all of your health service forms.

Do I need to be compliant with immunizations?

Yes. The State of Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires that a completed medical file for each student be maintained in Health Services. Each student must have had a physical examination within one year of admission. The pre-entrance immunization requirements at Anna Maria College are based on the Massachusetts Law 105 CMR 220.000.

All students at Anna Maria College must present evidence that they are adequately immunized in order to register for classes.

What Immunizations Are Required?

Required immunizations for all students include:

  • two-dose series of MMR
  • three-dose series of Hep B
  • two-dose series Varicella (or proof of history of disease)
  • Meningococcal vaccine (for all full-time students, residential and commuter, 21 years of age or younger)
  • Tdap vaccination. All international students need to have Tdap immunization within 12 weeks of arrival in the U.S.
  • Covid-19 vaccination – initial vaccine series (two doses of either Pfizer or Moderna, or one dose of Janssen & Janssen) AND booster dose when eligible

Annual flu vaccination is also strongly recommended.

For international students, WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine series are acceptable.

When do I need to be compliant by?

Anna Maria College requires all students and employees to be fully vaccinated by the date they arrive on campus.

Immunization documentation compliance needs to be completed before you start your first classes. For students entering College for Fall Semester, the due date is July 31st. For students entering for Spring Semester, the due date is January 1st.

This compliance requirement will continue throughout your tenure at Anna Maria College and the status of compliance may change. This means students may fall in and out of compliance at various times throughout the year because some immunizations expire or new requirements are added by the State of Massachusetts or the College. You will receive notification if you go from compliant to non-compliant, but you should review your medical immunization records periodically to make sure you are current and up to date.

Can I submit a waiver?

Yes, religious and medical exemptions are accepted per Massachusetts State Law 105 CMR 220.000 and M.G. L.c. 76,ss.15,15C,15D

  • Religious Waiver: A request to waive immunization requirements on religious grounds requires a personal statement provided by the student that documents how the required immunization(s) conflict with their sincerely held religious beliefs.
  • Medical Waiver: A request to waive immunization requirements on medical grounds requires certification from a licensed medical provider that the required immunization(s) is contraindicated due to a prior adverse reaction or current medical condition.

To submit a waiver request, download and complete the Waiver Request Form, and gather required supporting documentation depending on type of waiver being requested. You must then upload a scanned copy of your completed and signed Waiver Request Form and supporting documents to the Medicat Patient Portal Upload tab. Waiver requests for both medical and religious reasons must be re-submitted annually at the start of the school year.

The only exception to this process is a waiver request for Meningitis vaccination specifically. Meningitis vaccination is required for all College students age 21 and under. To waive the Meningitis vaccine requirement, you must download, review, and sign the Massachusetts State Meningitis Information and Waiver Form. Then upload a scanned copy of the completed form to the Medicat Patient Portal Upload tab.

School immunization requirements exist to protect students and members of their community from serious vaccine preventable diseases by ensuring high vaccination rates.

In the event of an identified public health risk, emergency, outbreak, or epidemic; exempt individuals may be isolated and/or excluded from campus, including but not limited to all classes, activities, travel, and on-campus housing.

How do I enter and upload my Immunization record information to Medicat?

First, login to your Medicat Patient Portal account (see below for instructions for how to register for the portal).

Next, select the “Enter Dates” option under the Immunizations tab drop-down menu. In this section you need to enter the individual dates for each of your vaccine doses. After you submit your dates, click on the Upload tab to upload a scanned copy of your Immunization record so Health Services staff can verify your compliance with immunization requirements. Here is a how-to video that will walk you through the process.

How To Register for the Medicat Patient Portal

Health Services utilizes an electronic health record system, Medicat, for all medical record documentation. Once students have received their Anna Maria College @amcats.edu email address they must register their username and password with the Medicat Patient Portal in order to upload required health documents to their medical record.

Here is a form for download that provides How-To directions to register for and navigate the patient portal.

Below is a video that walks you through the process as well.

Local Health Care Resources

Health Services can assist students with most urgent and routine health concerns. For emergencies or care when the office is closed, please see the expandable links below for information on local health resources.

For Serious/life-threatening Emergencies
Public Safety: (508) 494-9010 or call 911

Area Hospitals and Emergency Medical Care Centers

Hospital Hours: Telephone No. Address: Do they test for COVID-19?
St. Vincent’s Hospital (also known as Worcester Medical Center) Mon. – Fri. 8:00am – 5:00pm 508-363-5000 123 Summer St. Worcester, MA 01608  

No

UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMC)University Mon. – Fri. 7:00am – 6:00pm 508-334-1000

(connects to all sites)

55 Lake Ave, North Worcester, MA 06155 Yes. No appointment needed.
UMMC Memorial Campus Mon. – Fri. 7:00am – 6:00pm 508-334-1000 119 Belmont St, Worcester, MA 01605  

No

Local Health Resources and Services

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